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The 2017 ACC Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on the Management of Mitral Regurgitation will publish online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 2:00 p.m. ET. To review an embargoed copy of this paper, please contact Rachel Cagan.
Mitral regurgitation (MR) is a complex valve lesion that can pose significant management challenges for the cardiovascular clinician. This Expert Consensus Document emphasizes that recognition of MR should prompt an assessment of its etiology, mechanism, and severity, as well as indications for treatment. A structured approach to evaluation based on clinical findings, precise echocardiographic imaging, and when necessary, adjunctive testing, can help clarify decision making. Treatment goals include timely intervention by an experienced heart team to prevent left ventricular dysfunction, heart failure, reduced quality of life, and premature death.